The Mandarin Immersion (MI) Feasibility Study will be presented at the December 12th PAUSD Board of Education meeting this Tuesday. This will be a presentation of findings from the district staff's six month study on MI. Please come to 25 Churchill at 7:00pm to make your position known.
All who are interested or concerned about MI should make the Board aware of their views ASAP. The final board vote on this proposal is planned in January, just a few meetings away. Time is running out to make your position known.
To learn more about why MI is NOT a good fit for PAUSD please go to www.paee.us (Palo Altans for Equitable Education).
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in signing a petition opposing MI for ~any~ reason, you can send an email to email@example.com.
You will also find a copy of the Oppose MI mail-in flyer that was published in the Weekly three times in November.
A few of the many reasons to oppose MI:
- Does not support the neighborhood school concept. A new choice program will displace significant numbers of students from their neighborhood school, no matter where it is sited (Yes - even Garland!)
- It will only serve a small percentage of our student population. MI will reach only 240 students.
- It is not part of the district's current Strategic Plan and it rated last in terms of priorities for elementary school education, as found in the Bregman Survey from Feb, 2006 (chart 7a)
- $4 Million in budget cuts have not been restored, as promised in Measure A (refr. State of the District Report, dated 2/28/06, page 1)
- It is not an equitable and responsible use of scarce district resources.
-Creates significant financial risk for our district in a difficult time of enrollment growth and tight capacity. MI will create NEW incremental enrollment growth that has not been accounted for by the AAAG analysis. Families currently attending private schools will be drawn to this program. Families from neighboring communities will be drawn to this program. PAUSD is a basic aid district and is not compensated for enrollment growth. Additionally, incremental program costs will be covered by non-stable, non-guaranteed revenue streams.
- MI will not be entirely 'lottery' based admission. After first grade, Mandarin proficiency testing will be required for entrance.
- If we have any foreign language instruction, all children should have access to it. The recent PIE benchmark study shows that our excellent peer schools use more balanced approaches to deliver language education for all elementary students as in integral part of their school day. MI does NOT improve PAUSD's elementary language program. PAUSD has no elementary foreign language strategy at all.
- This community is not agreed on the need or desire to go any further with Alternative/Choice programs in general. No further alternative/choice programs should be considered by the Board until more specific criteria for such programs are established.
FYI, we have heard that PACE (Palo Alto Chinese Education) is rallying supporters for MI to attend and to wear the color red.
You can go to PAUSD Board Of Education Agenda website NOW to see a copy of the feasibility study results.
As always, handwritten cards, letters and emails to the Board are very effective wayw to make sure the Board members are aware of your position on important matters. But the sooner the better! They will have a lot of material to consider.
Thanks for getting involved, and making your voice heard.
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